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Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s Statement on Structured Sober Living HomesCouncilman Daniel Valenzuela’s Statement on Structured Sober Living Homes<div class="ExternalClass059A5CE4D2CF4ADA9BD826EEF9AE5B59"><p>"Today, the Phoenix City Council took decisive steps to establish a unified licensing program and updated zoning regulations for Sober Living Homes as part of the Group Home Comprehensive Improvement package. </p><p>This vote was more than a year in the making.  It took the efforts of a diverse group of stakeholders who recognized the need, understood the challenges of protecting the people living in these communities, and worked to ensure the quality of life is improved for residents living within the homes as well as those who are living in the surrounding neighborhoods.</p><p>The updated zoning regulations conform with the Federal Fair Housing Act. The licensing requirements include safeguards to prevent clustering, establishes a Zoning Disability Accommodation Committee to review reasonable accommodation requests, increases parking requirements to limit on-street impacts as well as addresses the use of multifamily apartments as community residence centers. </p><p>In my role as Chairman of the Downtown, Aviation, Economy, and Innovation Subcommittee, I am proud to have facilitated, along with my colleagues, the constructive dialogue between the city, group home and substance abuse experts, law enforcement and neighbors which led to today's council action."<br></p><p><strong>-- Phoenix District 5 Councilman Daniel Valenzuela</strong><br></p></div>4/19/2018 1:20:00 AMNick Valenzuela 602-495-5405